CTA news pickup: O'Hare escalator repair scheduled; art at North-Damen station

Here's what happened last week on the CTA.

O'Hare escalator repair scheduled. The CTA announced that the escalator at the O'Hare Blue Line station should be repaired sometime next year. A Blue Line train jumped the track and went halfway up the escalator in March when the operator nodded off. The cost for repair is still unknown.

Meeting set for Wednesday on art of Damen Blue station. The CTA will host a public meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Avenue They seek community ideas for the new public art being commissioned for the Damen station as part of the Your New Blue project – a $492 million investment to improve and upgrade the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line.

Originally opened in 1895, the Damen station beginning in October will receive substantial improvements to the stationhouse exterior and interior, platform and other station elements. Work includes structural repairs, painting, new platforms, improved lighting, signage, and new bike racks. The station’s historic features will be preserved and restored. Upon completion of this work, the station will receive a new, original work of art installed for permanent display. To complete the work, the station will close temporarily on Oct. 20 and will reopen Dec. 22.

CTA breaks ground on new 95th Street Bus, Red Line terminal. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday broke ground on a new 95th Street Terminal, one of the largest station projects in CTA history. The $240 million reconstruction project will replace the current facility, built in 1969, creating a transit hub that will serve CTA’s busiest rail line and 1,000 buses each weekday.

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